When François Mitterrand ordered deaths of 45 Algerians

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thank you very much, Antoine Perraud, for this English version of comments on a great moment of French history, as a complement of "de Gaulle and Algeria (1959-1962)", seen on TV yesterday :


So, let me please precise a chronological point for our English readers : Mitterrand was not justice minister from 1954 to 1962 but home secretary from 1954 to 1955 and justice minister from 1956 to 1957. After 1958, the IVth Republic failed and de Gaulle took the power without him.

kindly and sincerly yours

Dear Lincunable,

Thanks very much for your interesting message.

Regarding François Mitterrand's period as justice minister, the article reads: "...when he was justice minster during the 1954-1962 Algerian independence war..." This in fact refers to the dates of the war - during which, at a certain period, Mitterrand was justice minister (from February 1956 to May 1957). But we have now also added a phrase noting his dates at the ministry. Thanks for alerting us to the potential confusion over this.

Best regards,

Mediapart English team.

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